Ecological awareness of local societies. Expectations and the reality
Human became to be a source of imbalance in natural environment, as well as the recipient of many dangerous results of this phenomenon. An opportunity to make this situation better is the environmental education of society, compatible with the principles of sustainable development. Nowadays it is coming to the end of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005–2014. It is a global project, which was announced because of absence of sufficient effects assumed in the Sustainable Development Strategy in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The aim of sustainable development is to take over all the citizens of Poland to educate them at ecology. The article presents the results of research focused on attitudes and behavior of the local community of Plock, which is considered as one of the most aware of the natural environment in Poland. Research conducted by the author indicated not enough level of ecological awareness of local society, the teachers as well (Tuszyńska, 2013). It has negative impact on forming ecological friendly values and attitudes among students. Assuming that the knowledge gained in the youngest age becomes the foundation for the development of citizenship attitudes, it does not predict
good attitudes of society to natural environment.